30 Arrested During UMWA Protest in Fairmont
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 09, 2013 @ 6:06PM
Created on July 09, 2013 @ 12:57PM
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - Thirty people have been arrested during a United Mine Workers of America protest against Patriot Coal in West Virginia.
UMWA President Cecil Roberts and AFL-CIO Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker are among those arrested.
The UMWA says 5,000 people attended Tuesday's protest in Fairmont.
They came from Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard told the crowd that every union is threatened if Patriot gets away with shedding legacy costs and breaking promises.
Last week, Patriot said it's imposing less severe wage and benefit cuts on its miners than it could have under a court ruling. The company also said it will keep retired workers' health plans unchanged for the next two months.
According to a release from UMWA, those arrested during the protest in Fairmont include:
UMWA President Cecil Roberts
UMWA Secretary Treasurer Dan Kane
AFLCIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker
UMWA Int’l Vice Pres. and West Virginia House of Delegates Majority Whip Mike Caputo
UMWA International at Large Vice President Donnie Samms
Rev. Richard Bowyer
Rev. Donald Prange
Fr. Andy Switzer
Peggy Reynolds, UMWA Local Union 1570 Women's Auxiliary
Tina Caputo, UMWA Local Union 1570 Women's Auxiliary
Beverly Alvarez, UMWA Local Union 1570 Women's Auxiliary
Joni Sanders, UMWA Local Union 1570 Women's Auxiliary
Sherry Lepka, UMWA Local Union 1570 Women's Auxiliary
Eva Jarvis, UMWA Local Union 1570 Women's Auxiliary
Benjamin Murray, UMWA Local Union 1702
Grace Murray, spouse of Benjamin Murray
Jimmy Murray, UMWA Local Union 1702 (son of Benjamin and Grace Murray)
Randy Murray, UMWA Local Union 1702 (son of Benjamin and Grace Murray)
Bobby Murray, UMWA Local Union 1702 (son of Benjamin and Grace Murray)
Patsy Ricciuti UMWA Local Union 762
Darrell Bias, UMWA Local Union 1503
David Moore , UMWA Local Union 1503
Dwayne Belcher, UMWA Local Union 781
Mark Dorsey, UMWA Local Union 1702
David Serock, UMWA Local Union 2258
Tanya James, UMWA Local Union 9909
Joe Reynolds, UMWA Local Union 1570
Glenn Switzer, UMWA Local Union 9909
Curtis Burton, UMWA Local Union 2300
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